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Colonialism and racism in, and through psychoanalysis
by Stephen Frosh
About this EXP
Stephen Frosh, Professor of Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London, discusses how psychoanalysis can help us understand racism.
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Key point 1
Influenced by colonialism, Freud believed the difference between “civilised” and “primitive” societies could be compared to the difference between adults and children.
Key point 2
Having lived through the First World War and the rise of Nazi Germany, Freud could also see that deeply primitive and destructive forces lurk within all of us, however sophisticated we appear to be.
Key point 3
Racism is a psychic as well as social phenomenon. For some people, it is integral to their personality and ways of interpreting the world.
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